Edu-Business Expo 2016
The Swaziland Investment Promotion Authority hosted the EDU-BUSINESS EXPO 2016 from the 31st March 2016 to 2nd April 2016 at the Mavuso Exhibition and Trade Centre, themed 'AIM SOMEWHERE, GET THERE'. The Expo was officially opened by the principal Secretaries of the Ministry of Education, Labour and Social Security, Commerce Industry and Trade as well as Public Service. It was spiced up with seminars and mind games for learners. This Expo had two phases; career motivated and entrepreneur motivated. As it is well known that Government, through her programs is trying to increase the literacy rate at the same time curbing unemployment and poverty rates. With those economy determining pillars, it was inevitable for SIPA to hold this Edu-business Expo with an aim to contribute in helping the Kingdom achieve this.
- Students in form 3 and 5; the objective was to help them make informed decisions at the next grade and tertiary education carrier paths, this was done by providing seminar presentations where they would be given ways of helping them determine their career paths of choice at the same time assisting them understand challenges they may face after they complete their high school education.
- Job Seekers and potential entrepreneurs; the objective was to create an informative platform for Swazi people, bridging the gap between jobs and entrepreneurship and also assist them make informed decisions on their current situation. This group is very critical in today's time, because they hold the future of the of the country, thus availing them accurate information and resources will help them achieve greater heights as far a poverty and unemployment reduction is concerned.
- Human Resource Managers, Entrepreneurs, Trade Institutions and Tertiary Educators; Allow job seekers to network with HR personnel and recruitment agencies and get tips on creating successful resumes. Companies also get to see potential apprentice and graduate trainees that they may adsorb into companies according to hiring needs that exist within the company. Trade institutions furnished potential business people about the available business opportunities. By providing them with the exhibition platform, it further assist them to increase their visibility and later result to increases business opportunities.
- Exhibitors; It is well known that business has greater chances of doing well in the very competitive business environment only if it positions and make itself visible to the final consumer of its services and goods. Since this Edu-Business Expo was its inauguration, its was astonishing to realise the huge number of exhibitors who have seen an opportunity in this show. An impressive 17 exhibitors participated during the show which included universities, public colleges, private colleges, major employing companies, agricultural institutions, stock exchange entity, Government parastatals and entrepreneurship supporting companies.